How Are Ducts Professionally Cleaned?

Duct cleaning is a crucial way of improving the air quality of your office or business. With people spending long periods indoors, it’s more important than ever to ensure your ducts are thoroughly checked and professionally cleaned by a duct cleaning company.

Air ducts can quickly become contaminated with mould, pollen, bacteria, dust, and various residues from chemicals and other products. Unfortunately, you can’t always see a contaminant with the naked eye, which is why it’s a good idea to call a qualified duct cleaning technician to survey the condition of your ducts.

Why should I have my ducts professionally cleaned?

The Environmental Protection Agency conducted research around air quality which found indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. If you have a duct system, the impurities in the air spread more quickly, with failure to clean your ducts worsening the overall air quality. It’s not difficult to work out why breathing in dirty air is bad for your health, and it can cause several health conditions if your ventilation systems are left untreated.

What happens during a professional duct cleaning?

The principal reason for professional duct cleaning is to remove the sources of contamination within your ducts. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association states air ducts should be thoroughly

cleaned to ensure harmful residue and pollutants are removed. Hiring a specialist to do the work ensures that all components of your duct system are professionally and thoroughly cleaned. This cleaning process usually includes:

  • Air ducts
  • Grilles and diffusers
  • Blower motor and assembly
  • Coils
  • Heat exchanger
  • Filter and cleaner

Essentially, there’s a lot more to duct cleaning than initially meets the eye. A professional will run through the process before starting any cleaning service and will be there to help with any questions regarding duct cleaning.

A professional technician will utilise the necessary tools to remove the parts of your duct system and ensure all dirt is thoroughly removed. Once the contamination has been identified and cleaned, they will sanitise the system and change the air filter before performing a thorough test, leaving the system and ducts in complete working order.

commercial duct systemHow often should your air ducts be professionally cleaned?

This depends on the usage of your system, as well as the prevalence of contaminants. It’s usually a good idea to regularly check your air ducts every few months to ensure there are no contaminants in the system.

If your duct system has a presence of vermin (rodents, insects, for instance), or if there is visible mould growth within your ducts, it’s vitally important that you call in a professional technician to schedule a service of your system and a deep cleaning of your ducts as soon as possible.

The longer you leave the sources of contamination, the more quickly the air quality will deteriorate. As such, it’s essential to act swiftly and schedule duct cleaning as soon as possible.

If you believe your ducts are overdue a clean, or if you want to find out more about professional duct cleaning, please get in touch.